It's been more than six months since Catch Miami shuttered, and since then people have been wondering what exactly might fill the vacant space. We now have an answer, as Eater Miami can report exclusively that Byblos Restaurant and Lounge, a Eastern Mediterranean concept from ICON Legacy Hospitality and INK Entertainment, will be taking over the Shorecrest Building at The James Royal Palm.
This is the first American outpost for the Canadian restaurant, which plans to open in Miami in late February. The menu, created by Executive Chef Stuart Cameron, showcases Mediterranean flavors prepared using modern methods.
The Byblos' cuisine will keep with the Levantine culture, featuring an assortment of mezzes (small plates) followed by larger dishes, all meant to be shared — you guessed it — family style. Signature dishes from the original Toronto menu are making its way down like a la minute rice as well as Barberi, a Turkish bread cooked in a stone oven and served with house-made Lebnah and olive oils.
An extensive cocktial program is also in the works, with the highlight being a tableside spirit infused cold tea trolly. Beers and wines from around the Eastern Mediterranean coast will also be on hand along with an assortment of proprietary tea blends, sans booze.
The partners called upon interior design firm Munge Leung — the same minds behind Thompson Hotel Seattle, Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria Resort & Casino and 1OAK Las Vegas at Mirage Hotel & Casino — to design the space. Going for a "residential, eclectic and inviting feel," it'll feature light colored walls, whitewashed oak and bright and colorful artwork.
Byblos will be open seven days a week from 5 p.m. to close. Stay tuned for official opening dates.